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Starbucks Endorses Marriage Equality in Washington State

Starbucks has joined a list of company's publicly supporting Washington state's marriage equality bill. The company released a statement yesterday:

StarbucksTo: U.S. partners
Date: January 24, 2012
Re: A Message from Kalen Holmes: Starbucks Supports Marriage Equality
Dear partners,

Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.

This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. We are proud of our Pride Alliance Partner Network group, which is one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S., helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities where we live and work.

StarbucksFor the last 20 years, our benefits program has offered domestic partner benefits in the U.S. These benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and alternative health care coverage. All partners (part-time and full-time) in all work locations, whether in a store, a roasting plant or a corporate office, adhere to the same eligibility requirements for health coverage and have access to the same comprehensive health plans.

We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.

We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law.


Kalen Holmes
executive vice president, Partner Resources

Last week, six other Washington-based companys wrote a letter to Governor Chris Gregoire today signaling their support. Microsoft, Nike, Vulcan, RealNetworks, Concur, and GroupHealth wrote a letter reading, "We write you today to show the support of our respective companies for SB 6239 and HB 2516 recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples."

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  1. Glad to hear it. Now I hope they'll be more public about it in other states as well. :)

    Posted by: mark | Jan 25, 2012 8:31:35 AM

  2. I guess Starbuck's can start looking for a boycott.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 25, 2012 8:35:16 AM

  3. @ Andy: there are no apostrophes or "Y"s in "companies"

    "Starbucks has joined a list of company's"
    "Last week, six other Washington-based companys"

    Posted by: Rich F. | Jan 25, 2012 8:46:14 AM

  4. Has Amazon said if they support or not?

    Posted by: Shawn | Jan 25, 2012 8:51:50 AM

  5. Starbucks has always been ragingly liberal. When all the activist types like to scour corporate donations and tell us where not to spend our gay dollars (ChicFilA, Target, Urban Outfitters, etc), no one ever bothers to tell us who the good guys are. Well, I looked. According to sites like, Starbucks and its exec management are one of, if not the biggest, contributor to Democratic and Progressive candidates.

    So I never mind spending $5 for my Venti Lattes.

    Posted by: endo | Jan 25, 2012 8:53:51 AM

  6. Now if the Starbucks bosses would just stop stealing tips from their workers, they might become a decent corporation.

    Posted by: Kurt | Jan 25, 2012 9:02:03 AM

  7. The CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz is more of what this country needs not another CEO NITWIT like Mitt Romney!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Jan 25, 2012 9:08:07 AM

  8. Has anyone heard if COSTCO supports marriage equality?

    Posted by: Max F. Grump | Jan 25, 2012 9:08:38 AM

  9. Costco doesn't appear to be on board yet, although they're a fairly liberal company, so I wouldn't be surprised to see them help on this. has a list of supporting companies.

    Posted by: jay_max | Jan 25, 2012 10:16:51 AM

  10. I wish Amazon and Boeing would speak up. They have to realize that WA state will attract many more potential job candidates for them when this passes.

    Posted by: MikeH | Jan 25, 2012 11:52:54 AM

  11. Happy about the support from Starbucks, but kind of annoyed about the poor article writing... the plural of company is companies, not company's or companys.

    Posted by: JonasW | Jan 25, 2012 4:33:32 PM

  12. Way to go starbucks! Im proud to be an extremely loayal customer!

    Posted by: Silvannette | Jan 25, 2012 5:29:12 PM

  13. Great message - but this reads, to me, like you can be a part time partner which gave me a good chuckle.

    Posted by: jessica | Jan 25, 2012 7:20:23 PM

  14. I can speak first hand that my partner and I have had nothing but complete support at the executive level at Starbucks of our relationship. The top management has looked into my eyes and thanked me for MY support as my partner has sacrificed for the company for almost 20 years. Everyone of you should know that Starbucks treats LGBT employees with respect, dignity, and equality.

    Posted by: Carter | Jan 25, 2012 11:57:12 PM

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